Club owner gets 10 years in prison for drugs

GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA9) -- A U.S. District Court judge sentenced a former Baltimore club owner to 10 years in prison for helping to supervise a drug organization in the city.

Former Sonar club owner Daniel Gerard McIntosh, 38, conspired to distribute between 100 and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, conspired to engage in money laundering and interstate travel to further drug trafficking activities.

According to evidence presented at McIntosh's trial, the Sparks, Md. native was part of an extensive drug trafficking operation which was discovered by the DEA when they executed a search warrant at a residence in the 3500 block of Hickory Avenue in Baltimore, according to a news release.

The residence was a center of operation for the group. Agents seized more than 80 pounds of marijuana, $30,000 in cash, 30 cell phones, documents regarding a plane purchased for $450,000 by other co-conspirators, tally sheets showing over $14.5 million in marijuana sales, four money counters and false identifications.

Charges are still pending against the alleged leaders of the organization, David D'Amico, age 49, of Baltimore, Matthew Nicka, age 43, of Baltimore and his wife, Gretchen Peterson, age 34, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, all of whom were fugitives since the indictment was returned in December 2010. Nicka and Peterson were arrested in Canada in early August 2013, and D'Amico is pending extradition from Colombia, South America.


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